therepublic.com on December 1, 2011 reported that two days after charging a New York state lawmaker with bribery, federal authorities arrested his chief of staff on Thursday on charges she was in on shaking down a carnival promoter and two FBI agents pretending to be out-of-town businessmen trying to buy favors. Ryan Hermon, chief of staff for Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., was released on $100,000 bail after a brief appearance in federal court in Brooklyn. She and her attorney declined to speak to reporters as they left court. Hermon's arrest stems from the same sting operation that resulted in bribery charges against her boss, the scion of a powerful political family in Brooklyn. He also is out on $100,000 bail. Boyland, 41, was already under indictment in a separate corruption case in Manhattan when investigators say he solicited more than $250,000 in bribes from the carnival promoter, who was cooperating in the probe, and the undercover agents. A jury found him not guilty in the Manhattan case less than three weeks ago.
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